Cygnus (AF-23): Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For most classes many other photographs exist.
For more complete online collections of U. S. Navy ship photographs see in particular the NHHC Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Cygnus (AF-23)

Photographed on 7 August 1942 a few days before acquisition by the Navy. Her name as a merchant ship was La Perla.

Photo No. NH 83225
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Cygnus (AF-23)

Photographed on 30 August 1942 by the Mare Island Navy Yard after completion of conversion.
The conversion alterations, circled on the photos in this series, were relatively minor, the most conspicuous being the addition of vertical splinter protection around the gun positions fore and aft and the addition of two 20mm guns aft.

Photo No. Not Assigned
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)